ORICA-GreenEDGE has felt the pain of another agonisingly close team time trial at the Tour of Alberta, settling for second place, once again by a margin of less than one-second.
As defending champions, the Australian outfit rolled down the ramp as the final team to start, aiming to dethrone Trek Factory Racing who held the previous best time of 22minutes 57seconds.
Bora Argon, directly ahead of them on the road, started strong before fading slightly but the strong squad still managed to post the fastest intermediate splits.
At the end of the 19.6km course, ORICA-GreenEDGE fell just 0.74 of a second short of an opening victory, on a day they described as not going to plan.
“The plan was ride through to the finish with as many guys as possible,” sport director Dave McPartland said.
|1||Trek Factory Racing||0:22:57|
|5||Team Giant - Alpecin||0:00:25|
|6||Hincapie Racing Team||0:00:26|
|7||Team Cannondale - Garmin||0:00:30|
|8||Drapac Professional Cycling||0:00:40|
|9||Silber Pro Cycling||0:00:41|
|10||Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies||0:00:44|